Republican President-elect Donald Trump is the figurehead of a movement known as the alt-right, which is comprised of individuals of all walks of life including racists, nazis, white supremacists, bigots, homophobes, woman beaters, and sexual abusers. Trump’s top White House adviser is Steve Bannon, who is the former honcho at the alt-right publication “Breitbart.” The alt-right knows that Trump is their golden ticket to the mainstream, and one of their most prominent members declared during a rally how happy he was at Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton.
Many alt-right members gathered in Washington, D.C. to celebrate Trump becoming the president-elect, and Richard Spencer, of the national Policy Institute, said “Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory!” When Spencer made his remark numerous individuals stood up and gave saluted him using the Nazi salute which was used during World War 2. Spencer decried Hillary Clinton’s campaign and used racist imagery to further deride her electoral loss:
Her coalition was made up of mutually hostile tribes only united out of a hatred of ‘whitey’ — that is to say, out of a hatred of us, there are no two parts of this coalition who could ever be in the same room together for any length of time. America was, until this last generation, a white country, designed for ourselves and our posterity. It is our creation and our inheritance, and it belongs to us.
When asked about these shining endorsements of his soon to be presidency Trump’s spokesman, Bryan Lanza said, “President-elect Trump has continued to denounce racism of any kind and he was elected because he will be a leader for every American. To think otherwise is a complete misrepresentation of the movement that united Americans from all backgrounds.”
The promises from the Trump team do not match his actual actions. Trump has not come out to admonish the alt-right, and instead has hired the man gave them a voice in the media to be right next door to him in the Oval Office.
Watch some of Spencer’s speech below: